RENEW (Trading as Alternative Technology Association)

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RENEW (Trading as Alternative Technology Association)

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Renew (‘Alternative Technology Association Inc trading as Renew Australia) is a national, not-for-profit organisation that inspires, enables and advocates for people to live sustainably in their homes and communities. Established in 1980, Renew provides expert, independent advice on sustainable solutions for the home to households, government and industry.

We have helped thousands of households save money and reduce their environmental footprint with information on energy efficiency, solar power, rainwater tanks, materials reuse and waste.

Renew engages with more than 250,000 people each year around Australia and beyond. We work with more than 6700 members in a network of 14 active branches throughout the country. Our community of climate change action includes readers of our two market-leading sustainability magazines ReNew and Sanctuary, attendants at our Speed Date a Sustainability Expert, EV Expo and Sustainable House Day events, users of our online information and calculators, people contacting our advice service, and our research and advocacy partners.

Renew advocates in government and industry arenas for easy access to sustainable solutions as well as continual improvement of the technology, information and products needed to change the way we live. Renew also provides consultancy services based on our technical expertise in energy, water and communications.

Renew acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of this nation. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which our organisation is located and where we conduct our work.

We pay our respects to ancestors and elders, past and present. Renew is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, water and sea and their rich contribution to society.

Our vision: A world in which communities thrive in a way that does not cost the earth.

Our mission: To inspire, enable, and advocate for people to live sustainably in their homes and communities.

Our goal is that by 2025 sustainable living in Australia will:

Be a common expectation for Australian households.
Be increasingly affordable and accessible.
Have broad–based political support.
Occur at a scale where it creates its own momentum.

Type of group

Association

Primary environmental focus

Renewable Energy

Environmental issue sub-category

Alternative Technology

Geographic sphere or activity

National

Primary location

Melbourne

Known address

Level 1, 39 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia.

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Date of known website activity

2019

Founding Year

History of group

'18
The Alternative Technology Association rebrands to become Renew
2017 – 2016

’17 Awards
17 Awards
ATA wins awards from the UNAA for Climate Change Leadership and Climate Education and Engagement and the Green Globe award for Climate Change Leadership from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

’17 Impact
Sustainable House Day on September 17 attracts a record 29,000 people to 202 homes across Australia

’17 Event
ATA key organiser of the second Community Energy Congress, attended by over 600 people in Melbourne as well as holding Sunulator training workshop and Speed Date a Sustainability sessions at the conference

’17 Impact
Sunulator plays a key part in a groundbreaking community solar investment model in Geelong

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Impact

Renew has had many Australian firsts including owning a community wind farm at Breamlea in Victoria, national sustainability education tours with our Energy Mobile in the 1980’s and Australia’s first trial of greywater systems in response to growing interest in water saving during the millennium drought. As well as leading the way in making it easier for home solar systems to be connected to the grid by actively lobbying for consistent agreements and financial incentives.

The achievements of Renew continue to grow with ever-increasing numbers of people wanting to learn how to live more sustainably. Today Renew engages with more than 250,000 people each year around Australia and overseas.

We are well recognised for our leadership in taking practical action on climate change.
Awards
Climate Change Leadership NSW Green Globe Awards 2017
Climate Change Leadership UNAA Climate Action Awards 2017
Climate Education and Engagement Award Climate Action Awards 2017
Clean Energy Award UNAA World Environment Day Awards 2016
Victoria Premier's Sustainability Awards 2019 - Community Category

Enabling the solar revolution

An example of how Renew makes an impact is our work supporting solar for households. Renew members were among the first people to install solar on their homes and faced many barriers including negotiating connection to the grid and a lack of independent information on what to buy. Renew conducted an integrated approach to the problem including:

Research: Renew conducted research into the barriers faced by rooftop-solar households.
Independent information: Provided independent information on solar systems to make it easier for homeowners to choose and install a system. This includes the Solar Power Buyers Guides, Solar Electricity: Plan Your Own Solar Electricity System booklet as well as presentations at home shows and community events country-wide.
Case studies: Renew profiled case studies of houses with grid-connected solar in our ReNew magazine
One-on-one advice: Through our advice service.
Advocate for reform: Renew worked with government, industry bodies and energy retailers to provide guidelines, codes and regulations to simplify the process.

The nearly 2 million Australian households with rooftop solar have benefited from Renew’s comprehensive approach.

A similar approach is being taken with the growing interest in household battery storage. Renew has conducted independent research and economic modelling, developed the Sunulator –a free, online solar and battery storage calculator, battery storage updates and case studies in our ReNew and Sanctuary magazines. In partnership with the NSW Government Renew developed Australia’s first consumer guide on residential battery storage.

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